DURHAM, N.H.- The Yale women's gymnastics team traveled to the University of New Hampshire Sunday to take on the host school as well as familiar competitor, Brown. UNH won the meet with an impressive score of 196.025, while Brown and Yale finished in a tie for second, both scoring 193.175. The score is the second best of the 2017 season for the Bulldogs.
Vault was one of the most successful events of the day for Yale. Three gymnasts scored or tied career highs, leading Yale to a team score of 48.550. The score is the third-highest in school history. Following a big performance at the Ivy Classic, junior Megan Ryan was back at it, earning the top score for Yale on the apparatus (9.750) to finish in a tie for fifth. Rookie Jade Buford was close behind, scoring a career high 9.725. Rebecca Chong, Anna Jennings and Roxanne Trachtenberg all received scores of 9.700, landing them in a tie for the ninth spot. The score was a career high for Trachtenberg. Freshman Emma Firmstone also came away with a solid score; she tied her career high on the event (9.625).
On uneven bars, Trachtenberg came away with her second career high of the competition. Her score of 9.825 earned her a tie for third place. Ryan also received a score of 9.825. Senior Anella Anderson once again delivered a strong performance on bars, scoring 9.775 to finish in a tie for eighth place. Buford continued her all-around pursuits with a score of 9.525. Seniors Kacie Traina and Tatiana Winkelman rounded out the lineup for Yale on the event.
On balance beam, Firmstone received the top score for the Bulldogs, finishing in a tie for fourth (9.775). Anderson and Winkelman both delivered strong routines, scoring 9.700. The score was a season high for Anderson. Buford and Chong scored 9.350 and 9.400, respectively, while sophomore Kiarra Alleyne earned a score of 9.100.
On floor exercise, rookies led the way, with Buford and Firmstone both earning impressive scores of 9.800, landing them in a tie for third place. Alleyne and Chong were not far behind with scores of 9.725 and 9.650. Sloane Smith made her competitive debut for the day on floor, scoring 9.575. Anderson rounded out the lineup for Yale on floor, scoring 8.725.
The Bulldogs will be back in action March 12, as they travel to compete at George Washington. The meet is set to begin at 1:00 p.m.
Report filed by Rachel Wofford '17, Yale Sports Publicity